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Phoenix Descending (Curse of the Phoenix Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B075LLJG2M
- Publisher : Snowy Wings Publishing (November 28, 2017)
- Publication date : November 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2726 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #788,640 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Dorothy Dreyer has imagined an intriguing world. The nine realms provide for an interesting backdrop of shifting alliances and loyalties. I would have loved to have seen more information on this. The core of the story—a young woman who is forced to serve one enemy nation against another enemy nation in an effort to save her family—kept me interested and the pages turning in spite of other issues I had with the novel.
Speaking of those issues, they revolve around three main areas. The first—and most significant—is the worldbuilding and particularly inconsistencies and holes in the worldbuilding. I hate giving spoilers, so I will attempt to avoid them. One example, of many, of holes in world building has to do with technology. At least two of the nations we see in the book have electricity. However, there is a scene in which maids bring buckets of hot water to fill a tub. There is never an explanation of why a country with electricity hasn’t yet figured out indoor plumbing (something the Romans had nearly two thousand years before electricity). This isn’t the only hole but serves as an example of the type. I also found the voices of the different characters to sometimes blend and to lack anything differentiating them. The manuscript also might have benefited from another pass of line editing.
Phoenix Descending certainly has its share of issues, but those issues didn’t stop me from completing the book in barely two sittings. The core of the story is compelling. 3/5 stars.
By Troi0219 on June 27, 2019
I actually bought this book; Phoenix Descending( Curse of the Phoenix book, Already purchased the other two.
I noticed that several reviews already give a book report, good enough for Sister Martha's class ,, ;-)
So I wont give you the insincerity. It's a great book well written, likable characters, not much given ahead of the plots, because if you love fantasy without elves o old castles. It has held my attention beginning to end.
I am now going to dig (read) into the next book in this series.
I especially loved the little fox, nothing better than a clever pet with big fluffy ears! Well I'm off to reread the second book cause I forgot most of it but I do remember there's more phoenixes! 🔥
Oh and, bonus! It includes some character sketches!
Top reviews from other countries
Phoenix Descending ist der erste Band einer Trilogie. Eine junge Frau sucht verzweifelt nach einem Heilmittel für das Phoenix Fieber. Sie hat bereits ihre Schwester verloren und ist nun selbst erkrankt. Die Suche nach dem Serum bringt sie in ferne Königinnenreiche, wo sie verschiedene Aufgaben erfüllen soll, um im Gegenzug das Heilmittel zu bekommen.
Die Geschichte hat viele Fantasyelemente, sogar Untote spielen eine nicht unwesentliche Rolle. Das Buch ist spannend bis zur letzten Seite und lässt uns mit einem kleinen Cliffhanger ungeduldig auf den nächsten Band warten. Die Charaktere sind gut gezeichnet, mir hat es gut gefallen, dass tatsächlich Frauen so eine große Rolle spielen. Die Liebe kommt auch nicht zu kurz, wenn auch nicht immer mit einem glücklichen Ende.
Ich freue mich schon auf den nächsten Band!
- the way information was conveyed was extremely awkward. Dialogue and describtions felt stilted and forced
- so many things are implausible and don't make any sense, or are not explained to a degree that is laughable, leaving gaping plot holes
- lack of worldbuilding, everything felt overly simplistic like it was written for children and not YA/NA
- continued referring to women as "females", and 90% of them are described as dainty/petite/fragile/delicate
- eye-shape of ppl from the fantasy-asian country being referred to as "exotic" and at one point it's said they all "look similar" (though the person who says that is from the fantasy-asian country themselves and says it in a situation where they are trying to keep up their cover/distract someone who might recognize them)
- constantly fearing for the queer character's safety due to the homophobia
- so many "wtf" moments that nobody questions ???
- there were a few editing errors like using wrong names or this one old lady saying "f*ck it up" which didn't fit with the rest of the language - which I usually wouldn't mind all that much but I'm feeling petty rn
What I liked/what kept me from DNF-ing this:
- court intrigue!! I'm a sucker for such settings, made even better here by the main character pretending to be a priestress and getting kind of a kick out of the power all the religious bla gives her
-the political plot in general was nice and complex
- sapphic princess
- that one woman who is a soldier and can crush every single man in the guard, who appears way too little and is together with this one douche-y dudebro, which is a crime tbh
- complex family relationship between the princess and the queen regent
- generally there was this feeling that there was more going on behind the scenes, which I enjoyed as I was itching to find out what was going on
Content warnings include: homophobia, execution and extreme brutal sentencing of innocents, death of family members through sickness, character pretending to be an important religious personality
Desperate to save her sick family Tori is caught up in a quest on worldwide scale. From this point on it is full out adventure. I will not say too much, because you should just read the book ;) The writing style is captivating and keeps you on your toes.
It is a fast-paced story, perfect for an afternoon reading (and the next morning too). For me there was enough world building and character development. I enjoyed that Dorothy gave enough context to start the world, but also did not fall for the trap of writing every detail. It is fantasy, and my mind will fill in the picture without spelling every detail of it. The characters are believable and you learn enough of them to understand their motives and behaviors.
The book ends on a terrible cliffhanger; though do not fear! Part 2 is available right away.
Side note that for some will make it (or maybe not): This series has a strong LGBTQ representation.